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[Book Recommendation] These books said it is OK to feel like you’re losing your 20s 📚
Feeling lost? These are the three recommended books about feeling lost during adolescence...
Being in our twenties is painfully confusing.
“What am I going to do with life?”
“What will I become?”
“How is my life so boring?”
And after a while, it turns into numbness and a spiraling frustration and a cherry on top: tight deadlines. It is extremely common to feel lost on what you want to get out of your life. But, it is one thing to bottle up your feelings and think it will just pass.
Yes, it will pass – but those feelings will do you no good when it bursts out and creates another chaos.
So, through this article, we want to help you overcome this confusion by navigating you to see different perspectives in life. In this particular case, books can do you wonders. They are able to help you out by pointing at different perspectives in issues and making lemonade out of lemons.
Here’s a few books that you can read to validate your sense of confusion in life:
1. Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant by Joel Golby
In this book, Joel Golby presents a blistering collection of new and newly expanded essays–including the achingly funny viral hit "Things You Only Know When Both Your Parents Are Dead." Through the essays that mostly talk about misfortunes and weird circumstances, Joel is the kind of writer whom you just want to describe the world to you in a detailed, yet light manner. But at the end of the day, no matter how fun he describes these situations are, he shows that no matter how cruel the misfortune, how absurd the circumstance, there's always the soft punch of a lesson tucked within.
This is a book for anyone who overshares, overthinks, has ever felt lost or confused–and who wants to have a good laugh about it.
2. Just Kids by Patti Smith
Patti Smith, a famed American artist, provides a previously unpublished insight of her extraordinary relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe during the pivotal years of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late 1960s and early 1970s through prose. Smith adds the same distinctive, lyrical tone to Just Kids as she does to the rest of her impressive body of work, which includes her iconic 1975 album Horses as well as her visual art and poetry.
It discusses an honest and emotional story of adolescence and friendship. This is a book about anyone who needs to see a wider perspective in life, more specifically, the aspects of growing up and how to deal with it.
3. Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
Everything I Know About Love talks about the trials of early adulthood in all its terrifying and hopeful ambiguity.
It is an internationally bestselling memoir about aging, growing up, and learning to negotiate relationships, employment, loss, and humor along the way but is also occasionally devastating. Journalist and former Sunday Times writer Dolly Alderton has experienced all of the struggles and victories of growing up. She beautifully describes how she fell in love, got a job, got drunk, got dumped, realized that Ivan from the corner shop might be the only trustworthy man in her life, and that no one will ever be able to compare to her best girlfriends in this memoir.
However, despite disastrous dates, amazing friends, and misfortune incidents, the book highlights the realization that you are enough.
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